Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Easter Sunday 2007

For the second year in a row, we were able to celebrate Easter in the United States. Today was so special to us. We went to church surrounded by many families. Although we were strangers, people were very friendly and happy to see us. We were very happy because we were with family!

Although it was our style of worship, every church does things a little differently – and this church does two things I have never seen done before. As the priest entered the church, he knocked at three different doors and said . . . something, and the entire congregation responded with “Allelujia! Christ is risen!” and then as the priest and choir processed down the center aisle, they made a joyful NOISE – and it was a huge noise, every choir member and many members of the congregation had BELLS which they rang as they sang the opening hymn and it was unexpectedly marvellous!

Here is a photo from the entry to the church:

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The church entry has several shadowboxed collections of crosses from around the world – totally gorgeous. This is just one part of the collection:

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After church, we had a wonderful family dinner with the parents of our daughter-in-law. The dinner was fabulous. We are in the Southern part of the United States where the cooks have a reputation for being THE BEST. They are the best because they use all the ingredients that make food truly tasty – fat, sugar, eggs, real cream, etc, things that we forbid ourselves most of the year, and oh, how delicious everything was. We had a big green salad with a choice of dressings, green beans with slivered almonds, a big ham, scalloped potatoes and freshly baked biscuits with butter and jam.

I would have to say, this was a wonderful Easter meal; fabulous food, great conversation, lots of laughter. For dessert, the hostess made two of my husband’s very favorite things, coconut cake with a white/coconut icing, and banana pudding with a baked meringue topping – oh oh oh! We hated to leave.

A note of interest – my neice, Little Diamond says that this is one of the rare years when Easter is celebrated on the same day by all the major Christian religions – a rare occasion indeed.

And for those of you who are going to ask, no, I am not going to take up swearing again just because Lent is over. The whole goal was to break myself of a very bad habit that crept into my life on the roads of Kuwait. I will continue to strive to clean up my act!

April 9, 2007 - Posted by | Community, Cross Cultural, Diet / Weight Loss, Easter, Florida, Friends & Friendship, Generational, Health Issues, Holiday, Lent, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, Relationships, Spiritual, Travel

7 Comments »

  1. Happy Easter 🙂

    And it is true with regards to the unified Easter this year. It happens once every five years. It has been unified in certain countries or places though, Christian denominations in Jordan have been celebrating easter all at the same time for years now. My hometown in Syria (not all of Syria though) also had it unified last year so this is the second year.

    And the knocking on the doors before entering the church is an eastern orthodox ritual. It represents the sliding of the tombstone off of Jesus’ tomb (so I’ve heard, not sure though)

    Comment by kinano | April 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. Happy Easter

    Comment by Magical Droplets | April 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. Wish you a very happy easter for you and your familly dear,, with many happy returns

    Comment by Abdulaziz | April 9, 2007 | Reply

  4. Kinan! Thank you for all this good information! I had no idea, and now I am sharing it with all my family members. Too cool! And I think it is very very cool when churches can set aside their differences and agree to worship in common. All that was good information, and thank you, from me, from my family!

    Magical and Abdulaziz, many thanks for your kind greetings. Many thanks.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 10, 2007 | Reply

  5. Happy Easter hun!! Nice you could celebrate it with the family.

    Comment by Elijah | April 10, 2007 | Reply

  6. I am glad that you had such a wonderful Easter amongst family and loved ones.
    Your hostess sounds wonderful and the fare is just scrumptious.

    Comment by jewaira | April 10, 2007 | Reply

  7. Eijah, Jewaira, thank you, sweeties!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 11, 2007 | Reply


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